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Welcome to the Science-Art Scumble!  A collection of links showing the ever-evolving intersection of science and art, largely drawn from the Science Artists Feed. This marks Scumble #32.

Featured Art

Bone Blossom © Troythulu


Artists who create with fractals are kinda nuts. I mean, it’s like Minecraft in a blender a lot of the time, and the people creating it are almost…worshiping the process. Which is whacked out.

That said, I couldn’t deny the wonderful beauty of this piece, Bone Blossom by Troythulu when it came wandering through my Twitter feed. I really wanted to go on mocking fractal art, Troythulu: this artwork ruined that for me. *sigh*
You can find Troythulu’s creations on his blog The Call of Troythulu and on Twitter @Troythulu.

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Space art:

What’s the meaning of this? U.V. Ceti – Jacob Rutka, The Grid. Great story about sublime space-art being a possible joke by the artist.

In celebration of the Mars Rover Landing – Mary Edna Fraser

Touchdown! – Sci-ence

Spacecraft 3D App – Stay Curious


Visual Field – xkcd

Old Friends – Beatrice the Biologist

Show Me Your Cyberface – Sci-ence

Atheism & Skepticism:

Geeky Ceramic Jewellery for people who love science and skepticism – Annalee Newitz, io9

Cool Ceramic Jewellery for Scientists – Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing

Copyright & Career:

It Isn’t Enough to Feel Righteous – Almost Diamonds

On choosing to be where you don’t belong – Artologica

From STEM to STEAM: adding art to science – CultureLab

Career Advice for Budding Natural Science Illustrators - ArtPlantae Today


My New Art Logo – Weapon of Mass Imagination

Fossil Gears – The Flying Trilobite

Judging a Book by Its Cover – ART Evolved – interesting discussion on scientific accuracy Vs. artistic licence in the comments.

Moonlight Huntress – The CAW Box

Ocean Art:

Shark Sculpture Sale on Etsy – Blacknick Sculpture

New Facebook Page – The Tiny Aviary – check the artwork accompanying it! Fantastic!

Lionfish Almost Done – JPop Studios

Medical Art:

Wax Model of a Decomposing Body in a Walnut Coffin, Italy, 1774-1800, The Science Museum, London – Morbid Anatomy

Conference Collective Memory – Graphic Medicine

“Objectify This: Female Anatomy Dissected and Displayed” Exhibition Curated by Street Anatomy’s Vanessa Ruiz, September 7-29, Chicago – Morbid Anatomy

Botanical Art:

Do Art & Botany Need Each Other? – ArtPlantae Today

Sunflower – Willy Chyr

Bonsai as Natural History, Shaped by Artists – Visual Science

Street Art:

Street art scientists need to let us do the thinking for once – Alchemy

Painting is proceeding in all this heat – Marlin Peterson


The Most Unappealing Color – Gurney Journey


New Species Wants You to See No Weevil – Biodiversity in Focus

Circle of Life – The Episiarch

Drawing and Weeding – Traces

Animals – Art @ Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox

Children’s Illustration:

That’s no monkey… – Josh Witten, The Finch & Pea

Kickstarters and Shows:

Halfway There! – Alicia Hunsicker’s Boundless Kickstarter to paint at CERN!

Fall is Coming – Artologica


Canada’s 2012 Lucky Loonie – News from the Studio

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Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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